The Hwasong-15, Freeze-Dried Blood for the Military, Trump Tweets 1st Britain, and Tax Drama? Yup

This is the transcript for the news stories read on The Morning Brew November 30, 2017.

At First Glance: The Hwasong-15 North Korean ICBM


North Korea released dozens of pictures today displaying the Hwasong-15 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile while claiming it can reach the United States. This has been become the topic of discussion among rocket experts as to whether the claims are accurate. Though they can definitively say the ordinance is much larger than past missiles, they also state, once laden with a nuclear warhead, it may not be able to go further than the west coast.

This missile itself is larger than the Hwasong-14 tested twice in July. It Makes Kim Jong Un look like a dwarf in comparison, and he is 5′ 7″ tall. Michael Duitsman, researcher for the Center for the Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California was quoted saying:

“This is a very big missile …And I don’t mean ‘Big for Korea’. Only a few countries can produce missiles of this size, and North Korea just joined the club.”

The size of the missile plays a key factor in how much fuel it can hold and, by the same token, how far it can travel according to the amount of fuel. Duitsman also noted the new Hwasong-15 looks to have a different engine configurations and better steering.


North Korea has proudly stated it fired the Hwasong-15 Wednesday from a locally made erector-launcher vehicle. This is a direct indicator they are capable of making military vehicles capable of firing missiles, which is against the UN resolutions. This will also make it difficult to pinpoint the location of the missile before launch in order to prevent it.

The question on everyone’s minds is, “Can it reach the Continental United States?” Michael Elleman, leading missile expert, has said the missile looks to be much lighter than a real nuclear payload the country can produce. The payload is estimated to be around 330 pounds (150 Kg); the information from the 38 North blog also says the missile has a range of approximately 8,100 miles (13,000 Km). In order for the Hwasong-15 to reach the US West Coast, the payload must weigh no more than 1,100 pounds (500 Kg). Elleman also added, “A 600-kilogram (1,300 lb) payload barely reaches Seattle.”


Freeze-Dried Plasma Now Included in Battlefield First Aid Kits


Marine’s Corps’ special ops were the last ones to have freeze-dried blood for first aid kits. This addition can be a life-saver for troops, preventing death from loss of too much blood. How does it work?

The Plasma is freezed-dried and placed in thick glass bottles and kept in the first aid kit with IV lines and distilled water. The medic needing to use the plasma must mix the plasma by pouring the water into the bottle, swirling it and injecting it into the fallen soldier who needs it. Plasma contains proteins that speeds the clotting of blood. This was tried before, but the plasma needed to be thawed. Now, it can be used in minutes after mixing it with water.


London Mayor Tells UK to Cancel Trump Visit

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This are the retweets that sparked the firestorm. Why, because they are from Britain-First, a far right group. Also due to the retweets, Sadiq Kahn said he “would not be welcomed” and that President Trump has promoted “a vile, extremist group”. Some of the videos in the tweets have been debunked, with those who have disputed the videos saying the titles are clickbait and not accurate by any means. Britain first has been shunned by Britain.

Trump has advised May to focus on “the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom” and not on his actions. This after May’s spokesperson had said Trump was wrong for retweeting what he did. As expected, the retweets have started anew, a call to cancel Trump’s trip to Britain. Amber Rudd, Home Secretary, told the House of Commons the invitation has been accepted and the itinerary for the visit has been planned. However, the Secretary does state “the dates and the precise arrangements have yet to be agreed.”


Senate Tax Drama Going into End Game


Republicans pushed behind-the-scenes deals to secure more votes for the tax legislation they are trying to put forth. After 20 hours of debate, they were expected to start a vote on amendments from both sides with a final vote being Nov 30 or early Dec. 1. The financial markets of the US are optimistic about the bill, which could be the first major overhaul of the tax code since 1986 when Reagan was president. The Republicans are trying to gather steam after the failure to repeal and replace The Affordable Care Act.


Until Next time, question everything.


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